Watch The Allman Brothers Band’s Amazing Performance Of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” in 1970
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Just on top of our heads; we could always rely on the Allman Brothers Band when it comes to delivering quality instrumental music. The band thrived to being one of the greatest live bands of all time, so it’s no surprise if you’d fall in love with this rare video of them performing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” in 1970. Check it out below.
In 1970, Capricorn Records released “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” an instrumental by The Allman Brothers Band. Guitarist Dickey Betts is credited with composing the jazzy tune, one of his earliest efforts with the band. Betts chose the name after seeing Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier’s tombstone.
The studio version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” can be found as the album’s fourth track from 1970’s Idlewild South. Moreover, At Fillmore East, the band’s masterpiece of an album also included a well-known rendition of the song.
This song was written by Dickey Betts for a girl, although she’s not the one in the title. Betts regularly visited Elizabeth Reed Napier’s (born November 9, 1845) grave at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. He chose the name from her tombstone as the song’s title to hide the identity of the woman with whom he had an affair, who was also Boz Scaggs’ lover.
Watch it here.